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Palestine's U.N. Bid for Statehood

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Palestinian negotiators are bringing their efforts to be recognized as a state to the United Nations general assembly, which is meeting in New York this week. Efforts to avoid a diplomatic crisis have been building, with last-minute talks continuing today. The Palestinians intend to lodge a formal application to be admitted to the UN as an independent state based on the borders of June 4th 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, this week. The US, the European Union and Israel are desperately trying to avoid a vote at the Security Council, but the Palestinians are determined to press ahead. The Palestinian president, Mahmood Abbas, said in a television address last week that he would not bow to foreign pressure and what he called attempts to "buy off" the Palestinians. Israel and the United States are vehemently opposed to the move. They say only a negotiated agreement can end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Abbas has pointed to decades of Israeli occupation and years of failed negotiations, justifying the move. Monday's meeting, which took place in New York at the start of the United Nations General Assembly, is part of what is expected to be a series of high-level meetings surrounding the hot topic of Palestinian statehood and the likely ripple effects of a formal application. So what do you think? Should Palestine be allowed to become its own sovereign nation? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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